Hereford rolls past K. Island to state final

Bulls face Glenelg in bid for fifth title

Hereford 6 Kent Island 1

Field hockey

November 07, 2006|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

After dominating last year's state semifinal only to lose in a shootout, Hereford's No. 14 field hockey team made sure that didn't happen again.

Last night, the Bulls dominated first-time semifinalist Kent Island, but this time, they put the ball in the cage much more often.

Celeste DiFerdinando, Lauren Meadowcroft and Annamarie Chamberlain scored first-half goals and Mary Katharine Wittelsberger had two assists as the Bulls rolled to a 6-1 victory over Kent Island, which had beaten defending champion Parkside in the East region final.

The Bulls (12-3-1) advance to meet No. 15 Glenelg for the state title Tuesday night at the University of Maryland's field hockey and lacrosse complex in College Park. The game features a rematch of the 2004 title game, won by the Bulls, 2-0.

A year ago, the Bulls outshot Patuxent 19-3, but ran into hot goalie Whitney Thomas, who made 12 saves and stopped three penalty strokes in the shootout.

"Last year, the championship got stolen away from us," said DiFerdinando with a laugh, "so a lot of us wanted to kick some butt when we came back. We really wanted to play well and we did. We had awesome passing, and it showed."

That precise short passing showed in four assisted goals and in the Bulls' ability to move the ball quickly downfield.

The Buccaneers (14-3) didn't put a shot on goal in the first half. They had three shots in the second half, but only Ashley Pellerito's penalty stroke got past Hereford goalie Sam Bergman.

By the time the Buccaneers got on the board, the Bulls had taken a 4-0 lead on another goal by Chamberlain. Ola Wilhelm and Brittany Martin finished off the scoring in the final 2:29.

The Bulls, making their 12th appearance in the state final, seek their fifth championship.

With eight seniors, the Bulls feel they have the experience they lacked last year to bring home another title, Wittelsberger said.

"It's good to have a lot of seniors," she said. "We've had so much experience with all these girls. Everyone's at the same level. Everybody's got the motivation, and we all support each other. It's like we're old enough now."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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